Tip: Directing Shavings and Dust

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Blog entry by DeLayne Peck posted 23 days ago 763 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have enjoyed lathe work for years. And, for some reason, getting completely covered with saw dust was a woodworking badge of honor. Not to mention the look of horror on my wife’s face when I tried to get back into the house.

Then, I ruined the whole gig:.

I aimed a small fan on a low setting at my lathe project. Shavings and dust are blown down range away from me, pile up neatly, and are easily vacuumed up.

The same dumb trick probably works with other messy operations – drill press, router, sander, etc.

Damn it.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#1 posted 23 days ago

Yeah, I’ve seen that very same look on my wife’s face. Thanks for the tip.

-- John from Horse Shoe

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#2 posted 23 days ago

Sounds like a good tip DeLayne. I probably can’t use it though because my shop is so small, wherever it blows will be a problem. I usually wear a shop coat if the weather isn’t too warm and that helps a lot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 23 days ago

Good advice!

Eddie Castelin calls his small fan his ‘dust avoidance device’.

I took it a step further … two small fans sitting on high shelves behind me. Works great and it is cool … like standing in a wind tunnel.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 23 days ago

I’ve done that for many years. I also will use two fans when finishing: one at the top of the basement steps blowing into the shop (with that door open), and one at the exit door to the outside, blowing outside. That creates a nice air flow. There is minimal odor in the shop when I do this (8 months a year in my area).

-- Forest, Virginia ; My guitar scrapbook:

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#5 posted 23 days ago

In the industrial ventilation business this is called a push pull. I’ve been trying to do something like this with a sanding table design but it’s not ready for prime time. Great Idea,

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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DeLayne Peck

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#6 posted 22 days ago

Hopefully, this tip will be useful to the next generation of woodworkers. I coughed up some sawdust today and said to myself, “Ah, I remember that project – a walnut lamp base circa 1972!”

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#7 posted 22 days ago

LOL DeLayne. You are a genius! I may direct a fan so the chips fly right down my gators throat… lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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